Event Featured Examples of Innovation that Would Enable a Smooth Transition to New Alternatives with Dramatically Reduced Global Warming Potential
Kathryn K. McCord, global business director, DuPont Fluorochemicals, said the following about an event that took place at the White House today:
“DuPont welcomes the opportunity to participate in today’s White House Roundtable regarding hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). DuPont has for almost 85 years been an innovator in refrigerants and insulating foam products, including HFCs, that have provided critical societal services such as refrigeration, air conditioning and energy efficiency while steadily improving the safety of these applications.
“DuPont innovations have shown a steady reduction in impact to the ozone layer and climate, from CFCs to HCFCs, to HFCs and now to the new HFOs. DuPont also played a leading role in the development and implementation of the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most effective global environmental treaty. Under the Montreal Protocol the world has successfully addressed the threat of ozone depletion by phasing down the use of the previous generations of refrigerants, culminating in today’s generation of refrigerants, the non-ozone depleting HFCs.
“We recognize that HFCs can have high global warming potential and that without a change in direction, their use and emissions will increase substantially, particularly in the developing world. Innovation has led to the development of new substances that can replace HFCs to allow critical services to continue while greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We believe that the proven, effective model of the Montreal Protocol is the most effective tool for harnessing these innovations and reducing the use of HFCs on a coordinated global basis. We appreciate the Administration’s efforts to advance an amendment to bring HFCs under the Protocol, which provides a proven, consistent, and well-understood framework to allow the global community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with HFCs while ensuring a smooth transition to more sustainable products.
“DuPont’s pioneering innovation continues today with a new generation of refrigerants and foam expansion agents that do not affect the ozone layer, and have very low global warming potential (GWP) compared to the products they are replacing. One example is HFO-1234yf, a new automotive refrigerant that we sell as Opteon™ YF. It has a GWP that is 99.9 percent lower than the refrigerant it replaces and its use is helping to lower the greenhouse gas footprint of motor vehicles.
“In many applications, the new products also provide enhanced energy efficiency and can be used in existing equipment with minimal changes. For example, insulating foam made with new Formacel™ 1100 reduces energy consumption in appliances by as much as 12 percent. New Opteon™ XP40 is showing similar efficiency gains in commercial refrigeration, significantly reducing power consumption and related CO2 emissions, and a new refrigerant under development is showing substantial promise in improving industrial energy efficiency by capturing and recycling waste heat.
“DuPont’s rich pipeline of new products is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas content of refrigerants by some 90 million tons CO2 equivalent in the United States and 245 million tons worldwide by 2025, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a similar amount.
“We see strong global demand for these new products. We expect that by the end of 2014, 3 million cars will be on the road in Europe and the U.S. using HFO-1234yf. Also, customers in the European Union are broadly testing Opteon™ XP40 in supermarket applications and are demonstrating another new low GWP product, Opteon™ XP44, for refrigerated transport. We expect policy developments in the U.S., EU and Japan to continue to expand demand for these new products before completion of the Montreal Protocol amendment.”
DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.
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